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Canadiens Wideman suspended game for head-butting Bruins’ Haula


In the third period of Wednesday’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins that Boston won 5-1, Canadiens defenseman Chris Wideman let his emotions take hold when he gave a clear header to the Bruins forward Erik Haula.

Wideman was fined a minor for roughness and a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, and his actions will also cost him playing time and some cash.

The NHL Player Safety Department announced Thursday that Wideman had been suspended for a game without pay for his crime.

“It’s important to note that Wideman’s helmet makes clear, intentional and direct contact with Haula’s face and head,” the league explained in an accompanying video, according to Gavin Lee of Pro Hockey Rumors. “This is not an occasion where two players accidentally or inadvertently collide in a scrum. Rather, it is an unacceptable and intentional head butt given to an opponent’s face with some force.”

Wideman is not a repeat offender, which likely helped his case in this case. He loses $ 3,750 and this confiscated money goes to the Gamblers Emergency Fund.

He will be absent from Thursday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.




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